Friday, October 23, 2015

Niki Taylor, Nineties Knockout



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Niki Taylor at a '90s fashion shoot.

Nicole Renee Taylor aka Niki Taylor (5 March 1975) was one of the top models of the early 1990s.

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Along with her sister Krissy (we will get to that story below), Niki appeared with all the top supermodels of the day. Niki has a distinctive beauty mark above her lip which gives her a distinctive look.

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Niki Taylor inVogue UK, 1992.

Niki is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and always wanted to become a model.

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Niki was one of three girls, with Joelle (older) and Krissy (younger).

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At age 13, Niki was accepted by a Florida agency. From there, she won a Fresh Faces contest in New York.

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The $500,000 modeling contract she won at the Fresh Faces contest sent Niki on her way.

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By 1991, at the age of 16, Niki was president of her own company, Niki, Inc.

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Niki Taylor with her dogs Ace and Jessie.

However, she stayed in school, studying special effects for film and TV after she graduated from high school.

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She was the youngest model to sign a major cosmetics contract with L'Oréal for CoverGirl in 1995.

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Niki was the youngest model to win such a big contract at the time.

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Allure US May 1996

Naturally, she has appeared on covers around the world for the past 25 years, including the following sampling:
US: 'Vogue' - April 1991; 'Glamour' - May 1991; 'Allure' - September 1991; 'Seventeen' - January 1992; 'Harper´s Bazaar' - May 1992; 'Cosmopolitan' - January 1993; 'Seventeen' - January 1993; 'YM Young & Modern' - March 1993; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 1994; 'Teen' - April 1994; 'Vogue' - April 1994; 'Ocean Drive' - July 1995; 'YM Young & Modern' - September 1995; 'Allure' - March, May & October 1996; 'Cosmopolitan' - April 1996; 'Elle' - May & December 1996; 'Glamour' - July & October 1996; 'Harper's Bazaar' - February & August 1996; 'Mademoiselle' - March 1996; 'Marie Claire' - May 1996; 'Sassy' - July 1996; 'Self' - May 1996; 'Shape' - June 1996; 'Vogue' - May 1996; 'Allure' - February, June & October 1997; 'Elle' - August 1997; 'Mademoiselle' - January 1997; 'Marie Claire' - April 1997, July & October 1997; 'Ocean Drive' - September 1997; Allure' - April 1998; 'Cosmopolitan' - March 1998; 'Ocean Drive' - July 8, 1998; 'Yahoo Internet Life' - October 1998; 'Shape' April 1999; 'Gear' - Fall 1999; 'Mademoiselle' - July 2000; 'Shape' - June 2000; 'Self' - August 2000; 'People' - June 04, 2001; 'Allure' - February 2002; 'Redbook' - February 2002; 'Shape' - March 2003; 'Shape' - December 2005; 'In Style Weddings' - Winter 2007; 'Modern Dog' - Fall 2010
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Sadly, in July 1995, Niki's younger sister Krissy (another promising model) passed away from asthma complications. This was traumatic, of course, but Niki got through it.

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In 1991, Niki was named as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' and released her own calendar for several years. She appeared in 1997, 1998 & 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions.

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March 1998 Cosmopolitan cover with Niki Taylor.

She appeared in the prestigious 'Sports Illustrated Knockouts: Five Decades of Swimsuit Photography' book. She was photographed often by Steven Meisel.

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She has always loved dolphins and got a dolphin tattoo on her ankle. Niki took singing and dance classes as a child, and they paid off when she appeared in Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" music video. Niki has a beautiful website of her own.

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Niki Taylor • Sante D’Orazio • Vogue UK, “Denim Now”, February 1992.

Niki was involved in a serious car crash in 2001 when her car, driven by her then-boyfriend, smashed into a utility pole. Niki incurred major internal injuries, required 100 units of blood, and was left in a coma for six weeks. She made a full recovery, and Niki later worked with American Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages for the sixth-annual Nexcare give program, which thanks blood donors and inspires others to "give," in celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2014.

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Niki Taylor has been married twice. She married former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez in 1993, and they had twin sons, Jake and Hunter. The couple divorced soon after. Niki later married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar on December 27, 2006, at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California. They have two children, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar, born on March 4, 2009, and son Rex Harrison Lamar on November 11, 2011.



Many fans assumed that Niki had retired to raise her family. For a bunch of years, she had no major credits following a 2011 appearance on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice." However, that does not make Niki a "failure," as she claimed a certain celebrity-oriented cable network show misrepresented on one of its shows. Niki sued and then settled out of court with the network. Appearances that she had retired in fact proved to be completely false - it turned out that Niki had just taken a break to raise her two youngest children.

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Niki Taylor with Ashley Graham and Teyana Taylor in Swimsuits For All's summer 2017 campaign.

In 2017, Niki returned to the modeling scene in a big way, appearing in Swimsuits For All’s latest summer campaign alongside plus-size model Ashley Graham and singer and dancer Teyana Taylor. Niki's back and better than ever!

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Krissy and Niki Taylor, Seventeen Magazine, 1992. 
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“Chic City”, VOGUE Italia, January 1992 Photographer: Tiziano Magni Model: Niki Taylor
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Linda Evangelista, Niki Taylor & Shalom Harlow by Steven Meisel for Vogue US, 1994.



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Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Date, Location and Musical Guests Announced


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2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show models.

There is news about the fast-approaching 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show!

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The show is on 8 December 2015 in New York City.

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Musical guests will be Selena Gomez, Rihanna and The Weeknd.

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There are 15 new Angels who will appears:
  • Stella Maxwell,
  • Kate Grigorieva,
  • Taylor Hill,
  • Elsa Hosk,
  • Martha Hunt,
  • Jac Jagaciak,
  • Lais Ribeiro,
  • Sara Sampaio,
  • Romee Strijd,
  • Jasmine Tookes

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They will join the five veteran Angels:
  • Adriana Lima,
  • Alessandra Ambrosio,
  • Behati Prinsloo,
  • Candice Swanepoel,
  • Lily Aldridge
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Last year, there were 50 girls on the runway in London. The remaining roster will be chosen within the next month. As usual, this year it will air on CBS and in 180 countries from around the world.

Be there or be square!


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Claudia Schiffer, German Icon


Claudia Schiffer.

Claudia Schiffer (25 August 1970) is a German supermodel who has been an iconic figure for models since the 1980s. She remains popular to this day and is the creative director of her own clothing label.

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Claudia is from Rheinberg, Germany. It is a small town 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) northwest of Duisburg, near the Dutch border.



Schiffer is one of four children, with two brothers, Stefan and Andreas, and a sister, Ann Carolin.

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The story goes that Claudia was in a Düsseldorf nightclub at a friend's birthday party when Michel Levaton of the Metropolitan agency spotted her.



Claudia was just 17 years old when she was discovered. Ah, if that kind of miracle only happened every day...

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That was the beginning of the legend, and the subsequent details don't really matter. Claudia has been on about as many covers as any model in history.

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Claudia apparently has stopped trying to get most covers because, you know - she's been there and done that. Yes, I know what you're probably thinking, it must be nice. Time to give the other girls a chance! Claudia still does an occasional cover, but only for top fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

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Vogue US June 1992 by Patrick Demarchelier.

Legend has it that Claudia holds the record for appearing on the most magazine covers (well over 700), though that's difficult to pin down with precision. Claudia Schiffer has 59 Vogue covers alone, including:
  • Vogue US (16)
  • Vogue Paris (4)
  • Vogue Italia (3)
  • Vogue UK (4)
  • Vogue Germany (16)
  • Vogue Spain (7)
  • Vogue Korea (3)
  • Vogue Russia (2)
  • Vogue Australia (2)
  • Vogue Japan (1)
  • Vogue Turkey (1)
  • Vogue Taiwan (1)
Yes, you are correct... that is an outlandish number of Vogue covers. Quite unusual. Claudia's first Vogue cover was the October 1989 Vogue UK, and her most recent Vogue cover as of the time of this writing was the September 2017 Vogue Germany cover. That's an astounding 28 years between Vogue covers, which are considered by far the most prestigious in the industry.

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Claudia Schiffer on the Vogue US March 1996 by Steven Meisel.

Below are a few recent covers. There are many, many more covers stretching back decades:

2017
November The Edit, Harper's Bazaar Russia
September Vogue Germany
2014
November Vogue Turkey, Vogue Turkey
October Harper's Bazaar Serbia
September Harper's Bazaar Mexico, Vogue Japan, Harper's Bazaar Spain
April Vogue Germany
March Marie Claire UK
2012
April Marie Claire Australia
2011
September Net-A-Porter Magazine, Vogue Spain
August Vogue Germany, Harper's Bazaar Ukraine
July Harper's Bazaar UK, Harper's Bazaar Czech
June Grazia Germany
2010
June Vogue Germany
April Elle France, Marie Claire Romania

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Claudia snagged several high-profile gigs early in her career. She raised the profile of Guess? and then became the face of Chanel after Karl Lagerfeld personally chose her. She was in the May 1997 issue and on the cover of Playboy Magazine.

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As with many supermodels, Claudia's opportunities outgrew modeling. She began a film career with "Richie Rich," and numerous films followed.

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Some of Claudia's high-profile movie appearances include "Love Actually" and "Zoolander." She also produced a series of fitness videos entitled "Claudia Schiffer's Perfectly Fit." She continues to make television appearances, primarily simply appearing as herself, such as on a 2016 episode of "The Insider." Claudia has turned her attention to producing projects, too, such as the 2017 "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" and 2016 "Eddie the Eagle." For some reasons, Claudia bills herself in the producer role as Claudia Vaughn - but nobody refers to Claudia Schiffer as Claudia Vaughn.



In addition, Claudia released an autobiography called "Memories" appeared in Peter Lindbergh's book "10 Women" and the book "A second decade of Guess? images." Claudia appeared in the music video "Say it isn't so" by Bon Jovi.

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Claudia has had a few notorious incidents in her larger-than-life life. She had a legendary relationship with magician David Copperfield, whom she met in Berlin in 1993 when he hired her to help with his onstage magician act. Nobody at the time could figure that one out, and there were a lot of jokes about how Copperfield had worked his magic on Claudia. However, it was a very real relationship: when a tabloid claimed it was all a sham and that Copperfield was paying Claudia to hang out with him, Claudia famously sued and recovered damages. The happy couple remained together through the 1990s before breaking up.

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Claudia has several unusual claims to fame. She has a toy doll made to resemble her, along with fellow models Karen Mulder and Naomi Campbell. She was part owner of the Fashion Café restaurant chain with Campbell and Elle MacPherson. A wax statue of her appears in the Grévin Museum in Paris.

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On 25 May 2002, she married the film director Matthew Vaughn in Suffolk. Schiffer and Vaughn have three children: son Caspar Matthew (born 30 January 2003, Westminster, London) and daughters Clementine Poppy (born 11 November 2004, Westminster) and Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010). The marriage has been a happy one.


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Claudia and her family live in Coldham Hall mansion near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which is a Grade 1-listed hall built in 1574. As with everything else about Claudia's life, it is a stupendous home, a 14-bedroom Tudor mansion on 530 acres. It has been featured in Architectural Digest. Claudia and Vaughn were out for a drive in 2002 when Claudia, on a whim, decided that they should turn into the driveway. Up they drove, then the pair parked the car and knocked on the mansion's massive front door. Claudia charmed the owners and bought the place a few months later surrounded by 120 of her closest friends..

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Claudia says that the mansion is haunted. Fortunately, a medium that she hired told Claudia that the ghosts are all "lovely."  No worries, she'll just charm the ghosts into doing the housework.

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Claudia remains involved in the fashion scene, though she hasn't done much modeling herself for several years. It's not that she can't - simply that she doesn't have to. Instead, she hosts shows and makes celebrity appearances. For instance, in July 2017 she was at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. She also co-hosted the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London. Basically, all Claudia has to do is go out to dinner and she makes the tabloids, so her star remains firmly high above in the heavens.

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